Finding the Date Code On the FF345

Finding the Date Code On the FF345


In this video, Michael from Alarm Grid shows you how to find the date code on an Encore FireFighter FF345 Smoke and CO Detector Takeover Module.


hi diy-ers this is michael from alarm grid and today i'm going to be showing you how to find the date code on an encore firefighter ff345 uh the encore firefighter ff345 really we just call it the ff345 it's a listening module for a smoke detector or a carbon monoxide sensor or combination smoke and carbon monoxide sensor what this module does is it actively listens for the temporal 3 sound of an activated smoke detector or the temporal 4 sound of an activated carbon monoxide sensor so it's t3 for smoke detection and t4 for carbon monoxide detection and then once this sensor hears that sound it transmits a 345 megahertz signal to a compatible alarm system uh systems that accept the 345 megahertz uh frequency include the honeywell lyric the lynx touch panels from honeywell uh the two gig panels and the three forty five megahertz qolsys iq panel two plus those are just some examples um so as you can see this is a round ff345 um that means it's a second generation model uh there was an earlier rectangular model uh that only supported fire detection for uh temporal three it wouldn't uh detect the temporal force sound for co detection so uh the way to know if yours is round then it can do both co and smoke but if it's the rectangular one then it can only do uh smoke detection so um the reason you're checking the date code on the ff345 is there was actually an issue with this product um that affected um batches from january 2020 and it's believed to go all the way up to august 2020. um i'll get into some of the specifics on that in a little bit but uh what happened with this issue is this sensor was unable to enroll with uh the honeywell panels it would still work with the 2gig panels but you couldn't enroll it with the honeywell panels and you couldn't use it so a lot of people who had a honeywell lyric for instance um they couldn't enroll this sensor to um take over their existing smoke detectors and co detectors and uh they couldn't enroll it and that was an issue so um so a lot of people will want to find out if they have a product that's affected by this issue so um the way you do this is check the date code so um just to give you a summary um the units that are affected um like i said if you see 0 1 20 20 then that's definitely affected it won't enroll with a honeywell system and we also believe it won't enroll with qolsys iq panel 2 plus 345 megahertz but that hasn't been confirmed for sure the ones prior to zero one 2020 they all work as normal so if you have one older than 2020 from 2019 or before then then it's fine um and like i said um zero to 2020 through zero eight 2020 february through august are also believed to be affected but it needs to be tested um so if you see that batch number then keep that in mind but um units um 09 2020 and onward september 2020 and onward with those batch numbers uh they will enroll with the honeywell systems but there might be a slight abnormality um in that case um there if you clear a fire alarm or a co alarm caused by by this sensor then you might get a sensor trouble condition an e38 sensor trouble condition e380 that's the reporting code but you'll see a sensor trouble condition on the panel it's the same issue that would occur if you have a cover tamper or a loss of rf supervision so um it'll often clear on its own uh just wait for it to clear in some cases you will have to do an additional disarm to get it clear so that would be a third disarm a triple disarm but it doesn't really affect performance so it's still fine um but those will like i said they will enroll with the honeywell system so just you will have that you might have that e380 uh sensor trouble condition so to find the date code uh what you have to do is you have to open up the sensor now um it's important uh you need to remove the screws uh they've got one right there and then one right here so take a phillips head screwdriver and just take out those screws which i'm gonna do that now we have our screwdriver in here and we're just gonna go and put that in and we're just gonna take it out they are small screws so i'm probably going to use the magnet feature on here to see if no that's not quite let's see if we can get it out this time there we go got the first one and we'll just set that down there and then we'll get the other one let's see if i got it there we go got the second one right there with our handy dandy magnet so um and then once you have the screws removed it's actually pretty easy you can just press in uh this this tab right here so i'm just going to press it in like so let's see and then we can just pop it open like that so make sure you remove you remove the screws first we tried to remove it without the screws and you can see ours is a little bit banged up because i was forcefully trying to uh take it off when we were doing some testing earlier so do make sure that you um remove the screws and uh this side does not have the date codes so what you actually want to do is you want to look at the front cover right here um so we can see our uh batch right there zero five 2017. so this was uh may of 2017. so this is well before the issue so this one will enroll with the honeywell systems and the two gig systems and the 345 mega it's colossus iq panel two plus with no problem so um like i said if yours is before um 0 1 20 20 january 2020 then you won't have the issues um zero one 2020 is definitely affected zero two twenty twenty through zero eight 8 2020 are believed to be affected and then 0 0 9 20 20 and onward they will enroll but you're likely to have that sensor trouble condition the e380 reporting code trouble condition which you can clear with a triple disarm or sometimes it will just go away on its own so that's how you find the date code on an ff345 the listening module i'm just going to close this back up here put that in and then we can just um i'll do the screws after the camera after we're done shooting but um you see those screws are right there we'll just screw them back in but that's how you close it um but that's how you find the the date code on the ff345 if you have any questions about the ff345 or about alarm monitoring services send an email to support if you found this video helpful make sure to give it a thumbs up below to like the video and remember to subscribe to our channel for updates on future videos we hope you enjoyed the video thank you